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July Caption Contest

IT'S TIME.

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The Monday after a long holiday weekend is always a little rough, but we're here to do our part to bring morale up - with a caption contest! If this isn't your first caption rodeo you know the rules and regulations, but here they are again:

  • Leave your funniest clean caption to the photo in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. We’re not too stingy, but try to keep it moderately PG-13.
  • Captions submitted any other way besides in the comment section will not be accepted! That means do not use the feedback form!
  • Captions will be accepted from the moment this post goes live until Friday, July 10 at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.
  • A crack team of humor experts will pick the winner and we will announce it next week.

Behold:

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The winner will receive a box of specially-selected mystery electronics that we've assembled. We don't want to give the contents away, but let's just say passers-by have been caressing it enviously, and its value is somewhere in the $200 range. Now get to it!


Comments 165 comments

  • cholq / about 7 years ago / 10

    Luigi is disappointed to learn that "bash shell" had nothing to do with crushing koopa troopas.

  • Engineered / about 7 years ago / 7

    Disqualified from the AVC due to performance enhancing mushrooms, Luigi sought his revenge.

  • Colecago / about 7 years ago / 5

    "This'll teach Marioduino to split the community"

  • Kaius / about 7 years ago / 5

    Instead of searching the castles manually like a red hatted noob, Luigi came up with a better way of locating the ever missing Princess Peach.

  • How do you control this thing? Oh, the Shell Command of course!

  • Member #85167 / about 7 years ago / 3

    ↑, ↑, ↓, ↓, ←, →, ←, →, B, A

  • ElegantElectrons / about 7 years ago / 3

    Sorry Luigi, your GPS location is in another castle

  • floppystick6 / about 7 years ago / 3

    The pit crew for team Nintendo can get lonely at times.

  • OneJasso / about 7 years ago / 3

    Luigi has had enough of being Player no. 2

  • BNelson3 / about 7 years ago / 3

    With there being no "flying" at AVC, Luigi had a lot of rework to get the Blue Shell ready....

  • poto228 / about 7 years ago / 3

    What?! ...Mario has been using the Konami code the whole time!

  • laptopman / about 7 years ago / 2

    I was never trying to win, I just wanted to crush someone else's hopes and dreams

  • zhipps / about 7 years ago / 2

    Who knew it would be so hard to write a shell script?

  • Member #697682 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Fueled by jealousy and a lifetime of sibling rivalry, Luigi plots to ensure he will never again hear, "Sorry, but the princess is in your brother's castle."

  • bbotany / about 7 years ago / 2

    Luigi debugs an attempt to use a wrench library to fix a BSOD (Blue Shell Of Death).

  • stcarlso / about 7 years ago / 2

    At least the AVC robots traversing the Shortcut of Doom will not fight back.

  • Member #356467 / about 7 years ago / 2

    This is what Farmers.com hooked me up with?

  • Member #470975 / about 7 years ago * / 2

    Real Life Mario Kart... Finally a pastime for Italian American Plumbers who like to make robots.

  • suitable1 / about 7 years ago / 2

    Take me to your leader. Now!

  • Member #454191 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Just a moment Mario. I'm adding a low pass filter for the IMU sensor.

  • Karl Bielefeldt / about 7 years ago / 1

    After Luigi's spectacular and well-documented disaster in 1985, no one dared attempt another AVC for 24 years. Make them autonomous, they said. What's the worst that could happen, they said.

  • Member #454191 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Forget about cshell, kornshell, or bourne shell. I use blue shell, and it's super effective.

  • Member #590636 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I'm afraid this had the opposite effect than helping him meet a princess.

  • Member #590636 / about 7 years ago / 1

    He'd have finished sooner, but a gorilla was throwing barrels at him.

  • Member #590636 / about 7 years ago / 1

    He had to hit his head on a lot of bricks to save enough money to build this.

  • Member #590636 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I hope he's careful or he'll be disappointed in the actual number of lives he has.

  • Member #590636 / about 7 years ago / 1

    We've been apprehensive about him finishing this project because next come the GMO raccoon experiments.

  • Member #590636 / about 7 years ago / 1

    He'd touch it if he weren't worried about being little again.

  • Member #334269 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I'm sorry the other AVCs were mean to you. But it does get better, I promise.

  • What! My brother fell into a Pipe on the way over here!

  • Member #698795 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi's kart deflection algorithm is sure to wow the audience at the upcoming Mario Kart 9 friendlies.

  • Reynarduino / about 7 years ago / 1

    With his newly-acquired programming skills, Luigi is about to show his brother the true meaning of "one-up".

  • mdancer / about 7 years ago / 1

    This guy is clearly a virgin AVC competitor!

  • Gizmoguy / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi sneaks onto the Sparkfun AVC course and adds a power-up to the track

  • polectron / about 7 years ago / 1

    3 hot princesses looking for a plumber in your area

  • Panos Br / about 7 years ago / 1

    First stop is hacking this green mushroom, next stop is to consquer the castle! Princess here I come!

  • jessejay / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi finally found a programming language he can understand, Logo. Now that he has control of the turtle his opponents have no chance!

  • OsageOrange / about 7 years ago / 1

    Blue Shell: "Bwahaha! And everyone thinks he is controlling ME! Alright, Luigi, push that key there. That's right. Now, get ready to jump, I want that power up!"

  • Member #286247 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Too late for Star Wars :Episode VII tryouts, next best thing was AVC.

  • JohnathanN. / about 7 years ago / 1

    Leading causes of car accidents: 1. Speeding 2. Texting 3. Blue Shells

  • Member #15009 / about 7 years ago / 1

    After all those years of playing video games this is what Nathan Seidle thinks Ai should look like.

  • SOISentinel / about 7 years ago / 1

    A quick bit of shell bashing after Luigi is reminded by the AVC staff that flight is not allowed this year.

  • Member #341578 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Tired of being the "sidekick" Luigi decided to hack the game a little and race with the blue shell. I wonder what will happen when he is in first place?

  • Bob797 / about 7 years ago / 1

    We are growing so fast some people have to work outside and use substitute chairs and desks.

  • Member #2129 / about 7 years ago / 1

    On his first day as new CEO of Sparkfun, Luigi looks at the new Sparkfun logo in green.

  • mmetzger / about 7 years ago / 1

    AVC 2016 - Now with Power-Ups

  • Member #19154 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Before releasing his new creation, Luigi protects it with a special algorithm he likes to call "spiny shell."

  • Luigi finishing the remote upload to take Donkey Kong out first place. "Bingo! Oh ho ho ho!"

  • GeneralPHY / about 7 years ago / 1

    Current first place contestant - you are screwed

  • Rick-S / about 7 years ago / 1

    When I finish this upgrade, they'll have to call it Luigi cart. "Evil laugh sound..."

  • ZackM / about 7 years ago / 1

    mumbles "This will teach Mario to throw a banana peel at me... "

  • Leif / about 7 years ago / 1

    Spark-One-Up!

  • CitoNinja / about 7 years ago / 1

    ~~ SHELL COMMAND ~~ don't target me ~~ SHELL COMMAND ~~ Command Error Why won't this work?

  • Mr. Ben / about 7 years ago / 1

    Darn it Mario! I told you NOT to use that cheap imitation Arduino. You should've used our S.F. Red Board.

  • rk396 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Wyle-E Luigi.... SUPER Jeneous

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Clark comes to the realization that his new Quad Copter needs fans, not wheels...

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago / 1

    While surfing the Internet, Clark fails to realize he has placed himself in grave danger by sitting on the wrong side of the safety barrier, at the "running of the robots" event in Spain.

  • MartinCU2010 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Give me a second while I look up how to turtle tip

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    After Godzilla fails to destroy Clark for fashion crimes, the Asian fashion police send the dreaded Gamera to "finish the job correctly."

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Clark makes a subtle adjustment to the programming of his new "hay crapping" robot.

  • Member #41184 / about 7 years ago / 1

    His obsession with Luigi was cute when he was young, but now it's just creepy.

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Clark attempts to destroy his new robot overlord, Gamera, by opening a shell command prompt and typing "rm -rf star dot star". Gamera is less than pleased at Clark for his efforts and turns him into a well known game character as punishment. Gamera then returns to the task at hand-- sorting hay into cubes.

    Further member 697421 discovers that this web hosting site refuses to let you type "star dot star" in quotes using the punctuation keys...

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago / 1

    In its latest fait accompli, Amazon delivers it's first item, (a hat), using the new Gamera delivery system developed shortly after the FCC put a stop to the drone overlords delivery system.

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago / 1

    After powering up his new AI "Horta", Clark is amazed at its first words-- "No kill I".

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    After installing new "anti-children riding spikes", to his new Gamera robot, Clark re-initializes the device.

  • salokcin / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Realizing he has a chance to win the race, Luigi works feverishly to implement the third law of robotics in Spiny Shell.

  • ftrocchi / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi prepares his koopa for the imminent Pixels invasion. "I'm a-Luigi, number one!"

  • Member #373803 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi never did tell Mario where the koopa's really come from.

  • BeerCannon / about 7 years ago / 1

    Life Hack: sit on hay for relief from robosaurus.

  • Member #610546 / about 7 years ago / 1

    After all these years Luigi got fed-up at Mario always taking the spotlight. After this, that would not be a problem.

  • Riz / about 7 years ago / 1

    In hindsight, sitting Luigi next to Koopa in SparkFun's workshops couldn't have ended well.

  • Riz / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi, determined to make a splash at Maker Faire one way or another, searches SparkFun for the final 8 bits.

  • Member #264726 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Well structured Shell coding, will make Coopa Troopa come out of his shell!

    Coopa@Troopa:~$ cat Coopashell | grep "It'sa me.... Luigy!"

  • Sciencez / about 7 years ago / 1

    Jim, was Spocks half brother. He was so entrenced in solving the latest problem he didn't notice the killer robot had silently moved up beside him.

  • Member #697613 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Excerpt from Luigi's first Mushruino project:

    //Once shell is within 1 ft of leader...

    if (leaderDeathStareRating > 1000){
    leaderItem = crazyEight; } else{ digitalWrite (bluePyrotechnicsPin, HIGH); }

    // Mama mia! If this works this may be the start of my long overdue career change! I CAN'T STAND PLUMBING!!!

  • Member #599554 / about 7 years ago / 1

    When your blue shell blue screens "shutdown -r -f" is your only hope.

  • Madboy #82637 / about 7 years ago / 1

    The shell has hung and I'm feelin blue for lack of a good old 6502

  • Member #220272 / about 7 years ago / 1

    "BOING"

  • beagle.fan / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi looks for the code in the bug.

  • Ted M / about 7 years ago / 1

    Why did I go into plumbing? I really should have studied computer science!

  • Member #697598 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigie is looking at mashed potatoe recipes.

  • Firefox9001 / about 7 years ago / 1

    The final moments before Luigi unleashes the blue shell on number one, Nathan "Mario" Seidle.

  • ElegantElectrons / about 7 years ago / 1

    Everyone thought Luigi was a joke until he automated the blue shell

  • KatsuDonJuan / about 7 years ago / 1

    When Luigi began talking about a reboot, we were relieved to hear that he wasn't referring to the '93 film.

  • Member #580180 / about 7 years ago / 1

    With the blue shell out of commission; Luigi must search sparkfun's website for spares.

  • Member #580180 / about 7 years ago / 1

    After using the blue shell one to many times; Luigi lost all his friends and has to search online for more.

  • Member #580180 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Damn those Blue Shells!

  • Member #553451 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Dissatisfied with his luck in question boxes, Luigi decides to make his own luck for this race.

  • thewillsterr / about 7 years ago / 1

    After getting his Karting license revoked, Luigi turned to his old enemy to get his racing fix.

  • Member #112952 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Huh. FollowSmugSatisfaction() is a command? I missed that in the quick reference.

  • Member #677028 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Paste this under Void Loop and I should get unlimited 1-Ups.

  • DiddleDad / about 7 years ago / 1

    A disgruntled Luigi sits alone, frustrated that he couldn't initiate the LowerBowserShell subroutine nor find his traditional brown shoes this morning.

  • igendel / about 7 years ago / 1

    Cursed shell, man pipe - must hash!

  • MrWidget / about 7 years ago / 1

    Dear Mario: I'll be a little late finishing the race. The new Sparkfun shrink ray is pretty powerful.

  • Member #537149 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I'll just use my AVC entry to find Princess Peach, and win my prize!

  • DeltaDawg / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi compiles his new shrinkify code so he can fit into the Trojan Koopa!

  • MetabolicCloth / about 7 years ago / 1

    Due to a programming glitch Spiny Shell took itself out rather than the player in first place...

  • ThenZero / about 7 years ago / 1

    Proving once again that the geek never gets the girl.

  • CompuDrummer / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi busy reverse engineering the blue spiny targeting matrix.

  • Red Necked Crake / about 7 years ago / 1

    Sudo ME FIRST!

  • floppystick6 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Mario leaves all the programming in the very capable hands of Luigi.

  • Ill just sit here and make folks guess who I am...

  • Member #446294 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Undefeated since upgrading his blue koopa with GPS, Luigi Skypes his brother to rub another victory in his face.

  • Gizmoguy / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi suddenly recognized a turtle wasn't going to win in the AVC; but he made up for that loss in the battle bot arena with a quick change of code and spikes.

  • fogweaver / about 7 years ago / 1

    "Nobody will suspect a thing." Luigi muttered conspiratorially to himself. "This going to be just peachy!"

  • floppystick6 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Anyone can compete at the annual AVC, even Italian plumbers!

  • suitable1 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Pet robots are so cute when they are young.

  • WilliamQKYC / about 7 years ago / 1

    No body would have believed Luigi's humble entry into AVC 2015 would later evolved into the dread Blue Shell of Death.

  • let me think of one / about 7 years ago / 1

    This is not a caption contest, it's Sparkfun's way of informing us that Nintendo is preparing acquisition plans

  • WilliamQKYC / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Luigi, the frequent getter of the BSoD, still can't program his way out of second place no matter which shell he uses.

  • GCF / about 7 years ago / 1

    I knew I shouldn't have bought that Warduino clone.

  • Member #74840 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I think I will hang out in 2nd place at AVC this year.

  • Einse / about 7 years ago / 1

    if (LeaderFlag == True); BlueShell.Explode(); LuigiDeathStare();

  • Lionman / about 7 years ago / 1

    Fired as a plumber, Luigi finds opportunity at the DoD. "Let's a see those terrorists run from a me! Wahoo!"

  • sgrace / about 7 years ago / 1

    My caption is this video: Luigi Death Stare

  • bryanmaree / about 7 years ago * / 1

    After going through all the effort of capturing a Red shell from the Mario Kart virtual world and bringing it into reality, painting it blue to cover his tracks and using it in the AVC, Luigi discovers his fatal flaw. The Red shell only finds the leader and follows him. It can never win, the best he can do is SECOND place...NOOO! Why must he always be plagued with second place.

  • jon.whitten / about 7 years ago / 1

    The famous gaming console company has started a new drone development team to 1up the competition.

  • Colecago / about 7 years ago / 1

    Uploading - LeaderSeeker.ino

  • DSloan / about 7 years ago / 1

    Behold AVC's advanced AI seeking obstacle. Complete with stylish henchman.

  • jlclemon / about 7 years ago / 1

    Finally we know the person who has caused so many friendships and controllers to fall to "Blue Shell Rage" on the karting circuit. May justice be served.

  • Member #211083 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Hey little fella you were suppose to make a right at Alpha Centauri ....

  • jma89 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Why separate racing from battle? I can win both!

  • LEDLightingandArt / about 7 years ago / 1

    Tired of living in Mario's shadow, Luigi makes plans to become an only child using the dreaded blue shell

  • Job taken by the recent automation boom, Luigi decided to increase his skill set.

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    In order to safeguard his NSA treasure trove of information, Snowden preps his latest invention, the flying "Encrypt-o-capsule", (AKA: The Gamera Project), for final upload of all stolen NSA documents.

  • jma89 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Virtual Reality is old hat; This year: Physical Reality

  • Member #417949 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I know I put that program in here some place.

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago / 1

    An NSA official puts the final touches on the software of the latest in stealth WiFi surveillance.

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    The Gamera II, MIRV warhead delivery system undergoes final testing.

  • Yodaob1 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Nobody puts Luigi in the Corner!

  • TomC / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi checks the postage on his special delivery to Bowser.

  • Member #669974 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Luigi searches for the unfortunate sign error in his vector math.

  • zodiak / about 7 years ago / 1

    Mess with the best, die like the rest.

  • "Hehehe, with this Princess peach will be mine" - Luigi

  • Parizival / about 7 years ago / 1

    "I'm spikey and I know it" -LUIGI

  • with the shell complete; luigi grew ever more excited to finally beat his brother. Rainbow road was his this time.

  • marsfan / about 7 years ago / 1

    Clark realized that his three year second place streak in the account could Coe to a sudden end if he added a blue shell deployer to his new vehicle.

  • tcmichals / about 7 years ago / 1

    AVC is over; but I'm going to make it around the course before next year! (Please don't remove the course!)

  • ameyring / about 7 years ago / 1

    That Mario just pissed me off with his fast Goomba racer. Time to upgrade my guy to a spiked shell!

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Clark's new anti virus software fails to eradicate the latest in virus technology from Asia-- Gamera.

  • Member #80237 / about 7 years ago / 1

    I am here early and I brought you a present!! I am the guy dressed in green. I can't wait to see you and start our first date. <SEND>

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Having had it's fleet of drones grounded by the FAA, Amazon turns to it's latest delivery system, "The Gamera Project" to deliver Clark's latest purchase, a now warm can of soda.

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Unbeknownst to Clark, the latest technology in shoe lace enforcement arrives, and notes that Clark has not used the standard "double bow" knot...

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Clark powers down his new hay bailing robot after the first successful run.

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Clark preprograms his new Gamera RC Flying turtle to pass by the Nagoya school bus parked nearby, in order to see if he can "get a rise" from the students inside...

  • Member #394180 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Filling out the Sparkfun CEO application with help from the robot career development coach, while getting a crackload of chigger bites.

  • Member #697421 / about 7 years ago * / 1

    Unbeknownst to Clark, the latest in NSA surveillance devices rolls up to greet him as he finishes that last music download. Clark becomes aware of the devices presence only when it announces itself by saying: "Hello Clark, it is good to meet you-- at last. Enjoying your illegal music downloads?"

  • ME heat o nator / about 7 years ago / 1

    Love those mushrooms!

  • Member #137161 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but you're in first place. Blue shell maybe?

  • union7 / about 7 years ago / 1

    FIrst Test for the Bio-mechanical 3D Printer was a dome-shaped housing for a wheeled Bot, 2nd Test was a long length of Hay bales....

  • Lion XL / about 7 years ago / 1

    Mining? Pfft...I'll just hack this koopah shell and I can just jump to collect bit coins...

  • joesugar / about 7 years ago / 1

    Ok, fine. I'll take you over to watch the AVC trials. Just let me finish this Tetris level.

  • Lion XL / about 7 years ago / 1

    Dooo-doo-doo-doo-doo-dooooo! My @$$....

  • joesugar / about 7 years ago / 1

    Stop looking at me like that. It isn't my fault you got a virus surfing those battlebot sites.

  • Member #495556 / about 7 years ago / 1

    The rental car looked bigger on the website.

  • 610bob / about 7 years ago / 1

    Hay Luigi.

    You know, because he's sitting on hay bales. Bad, I know.

  • Member #15009 / about 7 years ago / 1

    The day Luigi unfriended Mario.

  • bradmc / about 7 years ago / 1

    Line-follower calibration - Check. Range-finder calibration - Check. Pneumatic banana cannon - locked and loaded. Alright, let's do this!

  • crkbbyx / about 7 years ago / 1

    Mario: (in the background) "It's Me,Mario!" Luigi: (eyes and mustache twitching) "This ends now"

  • Zachary Danger / about 7 years ago / 1

    Just a few more lines of code and I'll no longer be Player 2.

  • eewestcoaster / about 7 years ago / 1

    OK, Blue Shell. Let's find out which castle she's really in.

  • eewestcoaster / about 7 years ago / 1

    Well, the Arduino is Italian.

  • Evil_Rich / about 7 years ago / 1

    "Go into plumbing" Mario said.... "It'll be fun" he said... I'll show him...

  • Member #589493 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Now first place is all but guaranteed if I can just avoid those pesky banana peels!

  • dksmall / about 7 years ago / 1

    As if the the Luigi death stare wasn't enough, Luigi takes it to the next level by hacking the Blue Shells!

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